- Title: This Gaza artist makes face paint masks on children's faces
- Date: 24th September 2020
- Summary: DEIR EL-BALAH, GAZA (SEPTEMBER 21, 2020) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, RANEEN ALZERIEI, PAINTING ZERIEI PAINTING ON GIRL'S FACE TIME-LAPSE OF ALZERIEI PAINTING ON GIRL'S FACE (MUTE) ZERIEI ADDING PAINT TO BRUSH GIRL SHOWING PAINTED FACE / ZERIEI PAINTING ON GIRL'S FACE IN BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, RANEEN ALZERIEI, SAYING: "My message as an artist from the Gaza Strip as I want to deliver a message to the world and especially the World Health Organisation that we need more awareness of the dangers of the coronavirus. In addition, I want to deliver a message to children around the world that I, as an artist, am willing to make them aware by drawing their favourite cartoon character (as a painted mask)." ZERIEI PAINTING MASK ON HER FACE TIME-LAPSE OF ZERIEI DRAWING ON HER FACE (MUTE) VARIOUS OF ZERIEI MIXING COLOURS ZERIEI PAINTING MASK ON HER SISTER'S FACE, FARAH (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SISTER OF ALZERIEI, FARAH ALZERIEI, SAYING: "She drew this to help me be aware of how to protect from the coronavirus and so we would also share this awareness with Gaza's children so they would wear them (masks)." FARAH WITH HER CAT VARIOUS OF ZERIEI DRAWING MASK ON GIRL'S FACE ZERIEI MIXING COLOURS TIME-LAPSE OF ZERIEI DRAWING MASK ON GIRL'S FACE (MUTE) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, RANEEN ALZERIEI, SAYING: "I started by drawing on myself. I drew a mask that looks like a house referring to "stay at home", then I started to draw on my sister's face, then I drew on my cousins' faces and the neighbours' faces. But I drew cartoon characters on their faces so they would want to wear masks, and they get to choose the character they like." ZERIEI MIXING COLOURS ZERIEI PAINTING
- Embargoed: 8th October 2020 13:49
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Deir El-Balah Face Painting Gaza Palestinian Artist Palestinians
- Location: DEIR EL-BALAH, GAZA
- City: DEIR EL-BALAH, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Art,Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001CX1SQXH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Armed with her paint brush and a few colours, Palestinian artist Raneen al-Zeiriei has taken to drawing on children's faces in an effort to raise awareness of the coronavirus disease and the importance of wearing masks to prevent infection.
Al-Zeiriei, 18, lets her siblings, cousins, and neighbours' children choose a character they'd like painted over their nose and mouth, the same area which a face mask would typically cover.
An art student from Deir El-Balah in Gaza, al-Zeiriei saw an opportunity through her art to encourage children to protect themselves by wearing their masks.
"My message as an artist from the Gaza Strip as I want to deliver a message to the world and especially the World Health Organisation that we need more awareness of the dangers of the coronavirus, she said."
Widely impoverished and densely populated, the Islamist-ruled Palestinian enclave has been on lockdown since authorities confirmed four infections from a single family on August 24. It was the first time the virus was detected outside quarantine zones set up for people returning from abroad.
The Gaza strip has so far registered 2,518 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths.
(Production: Mohammad Shana, Abed Shana, Suheir Sheikh)
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